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Katie Richgels

Dr. Richgels is the Chief of the Ecology and Epidemiology Branch at the National Wildlife Health Center.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014 and her Bachelor's degree in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Since joining the USGS in 2016, she has devoted her career to supporting project leaders who study wildlife diseases with the goal of helping state and federal partners better manage wildlife disease.

Professional Experience

  • 2016 – Present Chief, Ecology and Epidemiology Branch, U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, WI

  • 2016 – 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher, U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center, and University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI

  • 2014 – 2011 Graduate Research Fellow, Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

  • 2011 – 2008 Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

  • 2006 –2007 Spatial Analyst, First American Spatial Solutions, Madison, WI

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2014

  • Certificate, GIS, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2006

  • B.NS., Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2005

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Bsal Task Force Decision Support Team

  • Interagency Committee on Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens, Invasive Pathogens Subcommittee

  • Black-footed Ferret Recovery Implementation Team – Executive Committee

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government